Friday, May 31

art alley, late May

Art Alley, full wall piece!

Whatever you want it to be...

Thursday, May 30

green, green, Green

in a ferny glade, just as the rain started

Wednesday, May 29

little, bitty Boxes

Lantana buds look like tiny wrapped boxes, just waiting to be opened. Ma Nature is the ultimate Design Diva!

Tuesday, May 28

it's tubular, Man!

Ribes cereum, or wax currant
One benefit of feeding the birds is that they leave gifts in the form of shrubby things planted randomly. I have a whole thicket of honeysuckle, chokecherry, currants and cotoneasters forming the understory of ponderosa pines, all bird planted.

Monday, May 27

spring green and sky Blue

Burr oak against blue skies

Sunday, May 26

little Parachutes

Finally finished, helping a daughter move, packing a whole school to move to a new building, a lovely spring day comes along and offers some treasures to intrigue the camera.

Sunday, May 19

bearded One

The "beard" part of Bearded Iris. Mine looked like this at 3pm yesterday, by 5pm, not so much. 
The bane of a gardener's existence on the SD plains.

Friday, May 17

signs of Summer

Violet-green swallow
The beserk, crazy, insane last full week of school and the arrival of some of my favorite summer tenants! The Violet-green swallows are moving in, and we are moving out. Last days in our old building and packing to move into our new home in the National Register of Historic Places listed Rapid City High School.

Sunday, May 12

yellow Face

Nuttall's violet
"Thomas Nuttall, born January 5th 1786 in Yorkshire England, was a pioneer in the field of botany and is noted by fellow botanist Charles Sprague Sargent as "one of the most indefatigable and judicious of the botanists who have studied the North American flora. Among his numerous publications are some of the most valuable contributions in the field of North American botany

In 1808, Nuttall emigrated to the United States to study its natural history and explore uncharted lands in search of new and exciting botanical discoveries, including species that had been unknown and unnamed as of that time period . He arrived in Philadelphia and through instruction in natural science from mentors like, plant collector William Bartram and Professor Benjamin Smith Barton, he was able to go on collecting trips sponsored by Barton. Soon afterwards, Nuttall became Barton's assistant and was asked to travel to the great plains of the west to collect for two years."
Arnold Arboretum website

Saturday, May 11

spring on the short grass Prairie

Early morning with the meadowlarks! 
West River Migration Count
Pennington County, SD

a Mask-erade

Art 3-D

Friday, May 10

plant by Dr. Seuss

plant from b, flower must be from Dr. Seuss!

Tuesday, May 7

not Violet

Love these little white violets with the make-up on their faces that favor the south side of my folks house. Volunteers from somewhere living happily with the violet violets.

Sunday, May 5

spoons, forks and Knives

The gift of creative vision is amazing!

Saturday, May 4

nature joins the Impressionists

"a theory or practice in painting especially among French painters of about 1870 of depicting the natural appearances of objects by means of dabs or strokes of primary unmixed colors in order to simulate actual reflected light." Merriam-Webster dictionary 

Friday, May 3

a squirrel's eye View

The lady in the gingko tree

Thursday, May 2

a Therapist

Look at that face!
This is one of the registered miniature donkeys that lives at Butternut Ridge Farm. These lovable little guys are used for therapy with special needs children, at nursing homes and in hospitals. This is a free program, run by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Parker in Peru, NY. Three of these little ones traveled to Newtown, CT to offer comfort to that community after the tragic school shooting, walking right in to classrooms to be with the children.

Wednesday, May 1

spring comes to the Adirondacks

Wake Robin

Champlain Valley apple orchard

Saxe's Landing

Parker Family Maple Farm
The trip was bittersweet, a sad farewell to a long and well lived life, but the promise of renewal and new life as well. It has been more than 40 years since I have seen Adirondack spring wildflowers and visited a sugarbush, we always travel home in the summer. Balm for the spirits to see the world greening up and flowers gracing the woodlands.